Of chopped off hands.
Fun fact: Criminals, specifically thieves, were once marked by chopping off their hands. Several planets have implemented this practice throughout space time. Due to its current economical and geographic situation, the Lonely Sector has become a hub for much criminal activity. But even when industry and trade were at its greatest, this sectors port function made it a highly attractive place for criminals.
Desolate and dry
With no place (space) to fly.
Fun fact: The Lonely Space Sector has some very desolate and dry places, but is mostly lush and boasts a vivid and great variety of predominantly instinctual beings/people. This has been especially true since the definitive decline of the industrial era of this sector has taken firm hold on all life within.
Fun fact: These two lines of the poem are considered to be a metaphor for the situation of most mostly non-instinctual beings/people living in the Lonely Sector. They lack means, funds, and raw material to leave the sector. Even traveling within the sector has declined in recent years as almost all trade has ceased.
Fun fact: Though most sources will write the fourth line using the word 'place,' it is sometimes written in accordance with current understanding of the word 'place' and 'space.' In many cultures 'space' is used and 'place' is thought to be outdated. Since there are no sources of certainty that lead to a definitive origin or author of the poem, nobody knows which word was originally used.
I harken the winds
Let go with a sigh.
Fun fact: This last couplet is the most abstract in the poem. 'Harken' came to mean 'listen.' The winds have in spaces been said to tell the stories of all the worlds. The final line is thought to mean either the death of an era in the Lonely Sector (specifically the era in which the Lonely Sector actually bore the name Industrial Sector), the death of the Lonely Sector itself, or the acceptance of all stories already having been told, as they will be told again.
There are many more interpretations of the poem, 'Beware, Children, of the Lonely Sector!' Before going off to research those, try and see how many interpretations of your own you can come up with. You can supplement your interpretations with research on language, etymology, and SectorC7bb7ahm / The Lonely Sector.
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The above is an excerpt from what I believe is a form of book called, "The 'Beware, Children, of the Lonely Sector!' Workbook." It is possible that the author of the workbook is none other than renaissance man Dr. Prof. Kazimierz Maupa. The author of the poem is unknown.